An artist's rendering of The Kodiak Club at Chukchansi Park. Image via the Fresno Grizzlies
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Reedley crop production company KY Farming has signed a three-year deal to be the presenting partner of “The Kodiak Club” on the second level of Chukchansi Park.
The Kodiak Club premium area is comprised of the stadium’s main large function room overlooking the first base side of the field, and the “600 Level” seating accessible only by seasonal club membership or single-game Club tickets with the Fresno Grizzlies.
The team is entering its first year of affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.
“We are proud to be partners with the Fresno Grizzlies. KY Farming is a local family-owned partnership in Reedley, California that grows world-class blueberries and cherries, and also packs cherries for local growers in the Central Valley. It makes sense to partner with the Grizzlies because we are both ‘Farm Grown’ in the Valley,” said Tony Yasuda, managing partner of KY Farming. “We want to bring awareness to the importance of growing quality, flavor and the need for consistent water and irrigation needs. This new partnership will allow us to do that.”
Along with the new partnership, the club area is undergoing an extensive renovation, which will be the first significant upgrade since the park opened in 2002.
Some of the new amenities of the revamped function room will include a brand new walk-up and sit-down bar, renovated restrooms, new flooring, at least 10 new flat screen TVs, and a new, all-you-can-eat buffet for each game. The new renovations will cost a total of more than $250,000.
The project is a part of an overall park renovation in advance of the 2019 season that will total about $3.4 million.
“Not only are we adding new hospitality areas to Chukchansi Park, we’re vastly improving the existing gathering places around our ballpark,” said Derek Franks, Fresno Grizzlies president. “As our social space in left field and our new ‘kids zone’ in right field take shape for the 2019 season, fans who have always enjoyed patronizing ‘The Club’ will notice a huge upgrade to that experience as well. We aren’t content at all with the ‘same old thing’ at a Grizzlies game as we enter this new era. To partner with a local company, and an ag-centric one at that, makes this even better. It’s just a good fit.”
The Kodiak Club will officially open its doors on April 4, the opening day of the upcoming Pacific Coast League season. A soft opening may take place during Fresno FC soccer, with the regular season beginning in March.